Friday update

115 Vance, the former home of the legendary original Hollywood Raiford’s Disco, is finally getting a new tenant. WKND, a popular bar in Nashville known as a “hang suite,” is expanding its reach with a Memphis location. WKND Nashville’s website explains that a hang suite is a “hangout spot, a place where friends gather for socializing and fun.”

Amenities at WKND Nashville include premium liquor flights, hookahs, and champagne by the bottle. Damn they have a $500 bottle of champagne, which is $485 more than I’ve ever paid for champagne at a bar.

Couple of things happening in conjunction with South Main Trolley Night tonight. Local author Debra Parmley will be at South Main Book Juggler. The best-selling author and Mid-South resident of the past 22 years will be signing copies of her books including Check Out, a romance suspense novel set in Bartlett, featuring a Bartlett librarian, a Marine veteran, and a stalker.

Down the street at South Main Sounds, Talia Keys, Tyler Preston, and Magnolia Wind will perform for Songwriter Night #87. If you like what you hear from Talia, head over to The Dirty Crow Inn at 9 for more.

The Dirty Crow Inn’s name makes me think, I need to count the number of (adjective)(animal) bars in Memphis. If I ever open a bar, you know what I’m going to call it? The Crazy Troll. Do trolls count as animals? I asked my troll but her only response was something about “a very superior form of life.” Sometimes I think the troll and Donald Trump drink the same Kool-Aid.

Back to Songwriter Night for a minute… I wonder if they’re going to have a big blowout bash when they hit #100. I’ll ask Mark when I see him at the Farmers Market tomorrow.

Speaking of the Memphis Farmers Market, pack a patriotic picnic basket is the theme tomorrow. The Market has everything you need, including local meats and catfish to grill, salad fixins, desserts, popcorn, and pastries. They have ready-made dishes too if you don’t feel like cooking. Live local music 8-1. The Master Gardeners will be back 8-1 to help take your plant game to the next level. There will be a kids’ craft table too. The Market runs 8 AM-1 PM every Saturday under the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson.

Firefighters and EMS will be honored at the Redbirds game tonight as part of Heroes Weekend presented by Ford. Equipment, displays, and interactive experiences about these heroes will be located in the plaza and around the ballpark. $2 select beers and entertainment in the Plaza prior to the game. Opponent is Colorado Springs and first pitch is 7:05, with gates at 6.

So yesterday I had Google Maps/Satellite pulled up to try to figure out where the Edge Triangle dog park was. While I had it pulled up I noticed a marker for something called C-Lou Patton’s House at 648 Marshall, and it was marked as a restaurant. I had never heard of it, but it had 27 reviews on Google, most of them raving about the food. I did a little research and found this Hungry Memphis article from several years ago. Although this is mostly a catering business, you can call ahead and order one of their 30 different types of quiches and pick it up an hour later. So there you go… if you’re into quiche, your #1 source of news and information about The Edge District has uncovered a hidden gem for you.

The Brass Door will be showing the UEFA Champions League final, tomorrow, Saturday, May 26, at 1:45 PM. Real Madrid will play Liverpool in the final.

Brass Door will celebrate the most marvelous day of days, when Leopold Bloom wandered the streets of Dublin and ate most everything in sight, with a Bloomsday Dinner on Tuesday, June 19. This will be a feast based on James Joyce’s Ulysses with readings by some well-known Memphians. Five course dinner with wine and cocktail pairings. $75 + tax and gratuity. Call 901-572-1813 to make your reservations. Seating is limited.

We all know Roxie’s Grocery on North Third has great burgers… but High Ground News has a piece on what a pillar of the community Roxie’s is.

Grindhouse Cream Ale turns 1 today and Ghost River is throwing a party in the taproom! Ono Poke will serve lunch until 2, then the Gourmade food truck will be on site at 3. Live music by Martin & Taylor at 7.

Some of my neighbors went to happy hour at Agave Maria a couple of nights ago and posted what a great experience and great value it was. Just wanted to pass that nugget of info along to my readers.

Downtown soul food restaurant Alcenia’s will be featured on Sunday Today with Willie Geist this Sunday, May 27 on NBC 7-8 AM.

If you’re wondering why the storm that formed in the Gulf is Subtropical Storm Alberto rather than Tropical Storm Alberto, here’s an explanation.

Yesterday I went back to Cafe Med at Kirby Parkway and Poplar for another of their varieties of gyros. This time I got the Athenian.

I never thought of hummus as a topping on a gyro before, but it totally works although a bit messy. Banana peppers, onions, tomatoes and cucumbers rounded out the flavor profile. The great thing about Cafe Med is that they get the food out in only a few minutes and I’m usually done and paid in 30. Yesterday that gave me plenty of time to walk over to Bougie Kroger and get my shopping errands for the week done.

Yesterday Trump broke the plans for the North Korea summit. Reminds me of an 11th grade girl going, “I canceled my date with him to make him want me even more.”

Kudos to Trump on the Jack Johnson pardon though.

It’s a beautiful day and after work it’ll be time to play outside! South Main Trolley Night is my plan. Music at the South Main Stage, a visit to the new Harley-Davidson store, Earnestine & Hazel’s… all on my list. If they let us go early today I will pre-game at my “home away from home on the south side,” Max’s Sports Bar. Back tomorrow with more news.